Social Accountability in Health: Perspectives from Institutional Actors

Thursday, May 16, 2019(9:00am EST )
Hosted by USAID MCSP, UNICEF, and CORE Group

On Thursday, May 16th, 2019, 9:00-10:30am EST, USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP)UNICEF, and CORE Group hosted a webinar to highlight lessons from past years on the Malawi social accountability implementation experience, and disseminate recent resources in this expanding field. This webinar was intended for program planners and others working to incorporate social accountability within their community health strategies.

Webinar Objectives

  • Disseminate learning from Malawi country experiences with implementing social accountability approaches
  • Increase understanding of the unique role of donors in promoting social accountability in health and share learning from UNICEF country offices’ SA program design experience
  • Share monitoring and evaluation methods and approaches for social accountability interventions
  • Highlight relevant resources including a toolkit, case studies, program design guidelines etc., for individuals spearheading efforts in social accountability within their community health strategies


  • 9:00 – 9:05 Welcome and Presenter Introductions
    Melanie Morrow, Community Health and Civil Society Team Lead, USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP)
  • 9:05 – 9:15  A Brief Overview of the Current Landscape of Social Accountability
    Eric Sarriot, Senior Health Systems Advisor, Save the Children / Co-Chair, CORE Group S4H
  • 9:15 – 9:35 Promising Social Accountability Approaches to Improving Health in Malawi
    – Thumbiko Msiska, Technical Director, CARE Malawi
  • 9:35 – 9:50 The Role of Donors in Promoting Civil Society Engagement in Health
    – Pieternella Pieterse, Senior Social Accountability Specialist, Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office, UNICEF
  • 9:50- 10:05 The Role of Evaluation and Learning to Institutionalize Social Accountability: Lessons from the Literature
    Ligia Paina, Assistant Professor, Health Systems, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • 10:05 – 10:30 Q&A and Closing Remarks
    Eric Sarriot, Senior Health Systems Advisor, Save the Children / Co-Chair, CORE Group S4H

View materials from the webinar:

View past webinars from the Institutionalizing Community Health Conference: Webinar Series

Selected MCSP Social Accountability Resources

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